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Director, Product Development - Handbags

Kate Spade

New York, NY, US

since our launch in 1993 with a collection of six essential handbags, kate spade new york has always stood for optimistic femininity. today, our brand is a global life and style house with handbags, ready-to-wear, jewelry, footwear, gifts, home décor and more. polished ease, thoughtful details and a modern, sophisticated use of color—kate spade new york’s founding principles define a unique style synonymous with joy. under the vision of creative director nicola glass, we continue to celebrate confident women with a youthful spirit.

kate spade new york is part of the tapestry house of brands.



The Director of Product Development directs the development of product from initial design concept to bulk production order placement. 


The successful individual will leverage their proficiency in Product Development to...


  • Monitors and ensures on-time delivery of development for all calendar milestones, providing timely and consistent updates.
  • Oversees the sample development with Service Providers, managing capacity, capabilities and deadlines. 
  • Manages sample tracking, providing charts, metrics and costs on a regular basis to ensure adherence to budgets and agreed upon sample counts. 
  • Partners cross-functionally with Design, Merchandising, Technical Design, Materials, collaborating to develop product that meets both aesthetic and business needs. 
  • Manages external Service Provider relationships throughout the development process.
  • Proactively anticipates and identifies challenges in the development process and effectively resolves issues through appropriate actions and communication.
  • Manages the development product allocation to Service Providers, ensuring alignment with production sourcing strategy.
  • Provides product costing and works with technical team to propose options to improve costs and IMUs.
  • Main point of contact with Service Providers throughout the development process, providing clear and timely communication. 
  • Continual review of work flow and processes to maximize efficiencies and reduce redundancies.
  • Manages team and direct reports, providing coaching, direction and development opportunities.


The accomplished individual will possess...


  • College degree required
  • 10+ years of relevant experience in product development including the categories of handbags, SLGs and/or Tech Accessories
  • Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills
  • Initiative/sense of urgency; demonstrated problem solving skills
  • Proficient in Windows-based software such as Excel and Word
  • Embraces change, able to adapt and excel in a rapidly evolving and growing environment
  • Strong influencing skills

kate spade new york is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and we pride ourselves on hiring and developing the best people. all employment decisions (including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, transfer, training, discipline and termination) are based on the applicant’s or employee’s qualifications as they relate to the requirements of the position under consideration. these decisions are made without regard to age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic characteristics, race, color, creed, religion, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship, disability, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or any other legally-recognized protected basis prohibited by applicable law. #LI-JW1 visit kate spade new york at

Req ID:  57011

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